Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.
This year’s Okanagan Nation Alliance Annual General Assembly is being hosted by Upper Nicola Band from July 30-31, 2014.
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The Okanagan Nation Alliance is pleased to host the Annual Salmon Feast and Celebration on behalf of the Okanagan Nation. The gathering will be held September 19-21, 2014 at sxwexwnitkw (Okanagan Falls Provincial Park).
It is one of the goals of the Okanagan Nation to preserve the traditions and culture of the Syilx people. We hope to carry on the work that the Elders started and continue with snxa?l’iwlem (honouring the sacredness of the river), by having Syilx people gathered at one of our traditional fishing camps. With the continued release of the Sockeye Salmon into Skaha Lake, it is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.
Okanagan River Restoration Initiative (ORRI)
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is currently preparing for the construction of salmon spawning areas in the Penticton Channel, as:
Westbank, BC – Okanagan Nation Territory July 8, 2014. The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) Member Communities are preparing to celebrate and honour another historic return of Okanagan Sockeye Salmon to Osoyoos and Skaha lakes this upcoming July-August 2014.
Westbank June 30, 2014
Okanagan Nation Alliance to Challenge Legality of British Columbia Treaty Process
Okanagan Territory/Westbank, British Columbia: The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) will file legal action against the Province of British Columbia taking direct aim at the…